The Shamwari Game Reserve is 25,000 hectares of malaria-free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, offering 6 different lodges with accommodation ranging from luxury tents to a gracious Edwardian mansion in the bush.
Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life. Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the reserve boasts 5 eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life, including the Big 5 as well as wild dog, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and numerous antelope species.
Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle over the rolling hills and valleys in search of the wildlife. The experienced rangers are all in 2-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is, and how to find the elusive animals such as the rare black rhino.
Shamwari has received numerous international awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve.
Pronounced 'By-ye-ti', the Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation.
Each of the 12 twin-bedded air-conditioned suites are camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy, and have an en-suite bathroom, under-floor heating, outdoor shower, and viewing deck. All the suites have a private plunge pool. The 3 superior suites have a glass front opening out onto the deck, giving a real feeling of openess to the African bush. They also have a fireplace and offer the ultimate in romance and intimacy.
Rates From GBP £ 191 US$ 306 ZAR 3,100 EUR 230 per person.
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Our standard rates for a 1 night stay in a Luxury Tented Suite - Protect & Save Offer ( rate includes charity donation )
11 January 2014 to 30 April 2014
GBP £ 250 US$ 400 ZAR 4,050 EUR 300
per person sharing
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
GBP £ 191 US$ 306 ZAR 3,100 EUR 230
per person sharing
1 October 2014 to 19 December 2014
GBP £ 250 US$ 400 ZAR 4,050 EUR 300
per person sharing
Standard rates are based on a one night stay - special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
All meals, high tea, game drives, guided walks, tea/coffee, water, and game drive beverages are included. All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure.
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply. Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.
Average Guest Rating 4.8 / 5 based on 27 ratings.
This is a fantastic experience, which I have no hesitation in recommending.
, March 2013, P HOWLETT
Amazing in every respect .... accommodation/food/game drives/rangers knowledge and ability to find the animals/variety and closeness to the wild animals was breathtaking/staff/ what more can I say - absolutely fantastic!
Everything was absolutely fantastic including your arranging - thank you very much and we will certainly tell everyone about Travel Butlers and Shamwari Bayethe Lodge!
A huge personal thank you from us.
, May 2012, J TILBROOK
We had a fantastic stay at Bayethe Lodge and the game drives (led by Headman) exceeded all our expectations - it was a magical experience that really made our honeymoon. Loved it!
, January 2010, N DANIELS
The game drives at Shamwari were amazing. The highlight was bushwalking to within 10 metres of a cheetah mum with her two cubs. It moved me to tears.
, May 2009, S FINN
Shamwari was most definitly the highlight of the holiday and we saw many of the Big Five. The whole experience was amazing - the game drives, the food, the wine - all fantastic.
, September 2008, A HARDY
What can I say ...... it was a fantastic holiday! Bishops Court was a beautiful property and all the staff (especially Lani and Daniel) were so helpful, nothing was too much trouble and also it was obvious they enjoyed their jobs and sharing Cape Town with visitors.
Shamwari was everything and more.... we had chief ranger, who was aptly named Headman (not sure it was spelt that way). On the last morning drive there was just David and I with him, so he treated us to hot water bottles on the cold drive and we watched a family of elephants for some time and Headman told us such a lot about their behaviour and family hierarchy. Food and wine was excellent and plentiful!!!! Saw 8 of the 9 lions in Shamwari including the Big Daddy who gave us such a roar as we left the place they were lying. Scary and exhilarating at the same time. Watched giraffes, nyalas and warthogs from our Bayethe Lodge deck. A lovely starry night on our last evening, so bright. Sorry to leave when time came, I could go on for ever about the animals and am sure my friends/family are reaching boredom level with my tales; but really the experience is indescribable.
I would like to thank Travel Butlers and yourself particularly for helping us with the holiday and also allowing us to make some of our own choices for the middle part of the holiday and then fitting your suggestions around them.
Words are not enough to describe how we enjoyed the holiday and with a fair wind and god willing, we hope to be back soon.
I hope your company enjoys good fortune during what looks like being difficult times in the travel industry in the coming months, it was a pleasure to deal with you.
, September 2008, L STRANGE
Shamwari, Bayethe – awesome. The safari was a class of its own ... other people in our group had been on safaris before and told us this was by far the best. Would recommend it to anyone.
, May 2008, A MOTT
The holiday was absolutely fantastic. Shamwari was better than we expected and well worth the money. My boyfriend who has never done a safari before was really impressed and surprised that we saw all (except the leopard) of the big 5 plus loads more. The ranger was also fantastic and knew his stuff inside out.
The Radisson was also very nice and accommodating.
, May 2008, C WARDMAN
The trip was absolutely fantastic and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodation we stayed in was fantastic - the highlights were definitely the Tsala Tree Top Lodge and the Shamwari tent. The location of the Table Bay Hotel was excellent and Franschhoek was brilliant. I think we will both return next year and spend more time in the Winelands and go back to the Shamwari.
Travel Butlers did a brilliant job and everything, from accommodation and transfers to the car hire booking went very smoothly indeed. You took a lot of the pain out of organising the trip and we wont hesitate to recommend you or use you again (hopefully next year!).
The Wedding Registry was fabulous and we are very grateful that you set this up in time for our wedding. All the guests noted how good the site was and enjoyed looking at our itinerary.
, March 2008, D MACNEIL
Off to Shamwari, the excitement was almost overwhelming! We were greeted on arrival with drinks and a quick tour as the car was parked for us and cases were spirited away to our ‘tent’.
Tent, as we’re sure you know, is not an accurate description of the accommodation at Bayethe! It was wonderful and included a private outside shower, roll top bath, viewing platform, plunge pool and all the luxuries you would expect from a 5 star hotel.
We were so well looked after and made to feel more like friends then guests by the staff. Sally the Bayethe Lodge Manger, and Headmanm the excellent, knowledgeable and patient ranger were very generous with their time and the attention to detail was amazing. For us the game drives, animals, views, scenery and hospitality made this an EPIC adventure!
We loved:- EVERYTHING!
, February 2008, Simon and Jane Hole
Just had to write and thank you for booking a really fantastic trip.
We enjoyed every part of it, in particular we thought La Fontaine at Franschhoek was excellent and the service we got there from the manageress was so good.
Shamwari was the icing on the cake and could not fault that.
If, and I hope we will, go again I shall be in touch with you again. Many thanks.
, March 2007, M TAYLOR
We had a superb time at the Shamwari Game Reserve (Bayethe Lodge), all went very well. The whole experience was fantastic. Game drives, food, staff, room all met the standards that we expected. No complaints.
Thank you for your attention to our requirements we will certainly recommend you to our friends.
, February 2007, D BULLOCK
Steve and I would like to thank you for the suggestions and arrangements you made for our Holiday in South Africa.
Everyone made us so welcome, it was a great experience - especially the safari at Shamwari as we managed see all of the 'Big 5'
We really appreciated the efforts of Martin, Paul, Sally and their staff at Fynbos Ridge as they really went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible in the poor weather conditions.
We will certainly be in touch when we go to South Africa again.
, August 2006, C McILRAITH
We are back from South Africa and must thank you for a great choice of itinerary. The Table Mountain Lodge was very friendly, helpful and convenient, with a great breakfast ... Residence Klein Oliphants was lovely ... Dune Guest Lodge has a wonderful position on the dune, great breakfast and very helpful staff ... Shamwari was just wonderful - we saw the big 5 and wild dogs ... Bradach Manor at Knysna had lovely views and good food ... Roggelands is a great place to unwind before flying back.
, April 2006, R LOCKHART
It was a wonderful trip. All of your arrangements were flawless! Shamwari was unforgettable. Thank you so much for your suggestions, your arrangements, and your patience with us. We appreciate everything you did, and would be happy to have you use our names as references should you want to.
, August 2005, M AND D BERNHEISEL
Top Rated Property
Bayethe Lodge was one of the top rated properties in our 2013 awards.
The awards are based on the ratings that clients of Travel Butlers give after their stay, and Bayethe Lodge had an average score of 4.8 out of 5.